Dunham Hills Golf & Country Club
Dunham Hills, always worth it
Great course, especially for the money. Was glad to see they were busy, hopefully they're making money and will continue to offer a great course.
August 18, 2014
Great Course, Played Very Slow On This Day
Teed off about 10 minutes late, and then waited on every hole thereafter. 5 hours, 22 minutes. Very poor pace of play. Don't play here enough to know if this was a bad day, with slow people in front of us, or more the norm. But, it certainly cut down on the enjoyment of what is otherwise a course that is in great shape, and is very playable. Greens are very tough here -- watch out for those downhill putts!
August 11, 2014
tight older course. many mature trees line the fairways
very beautiful rolling terrain. I truly enjoyed this round & wished I had time for more.
August 9, 2014
The round was perfect. This is a "MUST PLAY" course. Enjoyed every hole.
August 7, 2014
This is a must play course for all. Have been playing Dunham since the early 70's. Has always been tough. Teeboxes, fairways, rough and especially the greens are in perfect condition.
Played as a twosome and teed off at 9:50 and compleated the round in three hours and thirty minutes. Facilities are also first rate.
Do not miss the opportunity to play here; you will definitely come back.
August 5, 2014
This is the 3rd time I have played this course , and was disappointed with the pace of play. apparently the rangers were not effective in getting play to move along.. on one hole we had 5 groups ( although one was a single).. The golfers in the group ahead of us said this was not the norm but the two people that manage the course were not there and all that was in the clubhouse was younger staff .. did not see beverage cart after the turn as well but seen her 3 times on the front. Not as nice of a time as the first two times we played it
August 4, 2014
Nice mature course
Nice mature course for the value. Slower on Sunday am but what course is not? Greens were a little banged up and if they were in better condition this would be a much better course. Our tee time was delayed by 20 minutes but the starter let us play 7-9 and then come back for 18 holes....staff was great and he made up for the delay.
July 25, 2014
Was hurried up for leagues
As we were finishing up at number six and getting ready to go to number seven, the ranger approached me and asked if we were playing 18. I said yes and he said we should hurry it up since the leagues were going to go off after 4 p.m. I told him we were playing ready golf, keeping up with the pace of play and going as fast as we could. The ranger/starter then said we should consider waiting 30 minutes when making the turn. I was actually quite surprised by this. He then said we should be able to make up time on 7,8 and 9 and to “go ahead and do what we want.” Unfortunately for me, this frustrated me and my game went downhill afterwards. Again, I am not a pro, but was having a good day even sinking close to a 20 foot putt on one hole. For the first nine, we ended up finishing in just under two hours.
When we made the turn, the league had started to tee off. The ranger/starter approached us again and asked if we were the group he had already spoken to out on the course. I said yes, we were. Apparently we were the only ones he felt a need to talk to out on the course. We understood that the league was beginning to tee off and asked if we could jump up to number 11 to get ahead of them. The ranger/starter seemed to think this wasn’t a good idea, but then relented and allowed us to do so. We said we would come back and play 10 after finishing up 11-18. At this point however, both myself and another in my group were flustered having been told to hurry up. We felt we could spend no time looking for a ball and in my instance, I dropped two balls because I didn’t want to hold up anyone behind us. My cart partner was also frustrated. He only dropped one after a brief look for a ball but then muttered about not having enough time to look.
When done with number 18 we then went to play number 10. The ranger/starter then approached us yet again. At this point I was very disappointed with having been told to hurry up and approached for yet a third time and I told him so. Our cart was also dying. The ranger/starter heard me out and said he believed reservation shouldn’t be made after 1:30 p.m. on league days. We hadn’t even been warned that leagues were going out when we paid in the pro shop (which I feel we should have been). The ranger (Joe? John? McConnell) switched carts with us so we could finish number 10 and then said we could play more if we wanted to. Not as a way to make amends, but just because there was no one else with scheduled tee times after the league.
Here are my issues:
If you have leagues, let players know and DON’T book a tee time with recreational golfers that late in the day (2:22). As I said, we played the first nine in two hours and ended up finishing 18 in slightly over four hours. Well within the pace of play according to Play Golf America which says average golfer should finish a round in 4-4:30 hours (http://www.playgolfamerica.com/graphics/info_devo/firstswing_beginning_to_play.pdf). Also, I used to work very closely with the Golf Association of Michigan, so have always been cognizant of speed of play.
Get a more courteous ranger/starter. I understand that most of these guys are older and maybe volunteer or are doing it part-time because they love the game (or want free golf). But the way I was approached and then continually singled out (again, three times) did not and still doesn’t sit well with me. The last time I was approached by a ranger on the course was probably 15 years ago when I was in my mid-20s. That last time I was at fault and can admit that. But I don’t feel at fault at all for yesterday and I am writing to you to let you know.
As of right now, I don’t know that I want to come back and play at Dunham Hills, which is too bad, because it’s a nice course not too far
July 23, 2014